Once the Arbor Hills-Leopold Neighborhood Plan has been drafted, City staff will solicit support for the plan recommendations through a variety of methods which may include a neighborhood inventory, newsletter articles, face-to-face interviews, and open house meetings. The major role that the neighborhood will play is during the implementation of the plan recommendations. There are four major steps for plan implementation:
Step 1. Adoption of the Arbor Hills-Leopold Neighborhood Plan by the Madison Common Council.
The Arbor Hills-Leopold Neighborhood Plan will be introduced to the Common Council for adoption sometime in Fall 2011. During the adoption process, City Boards, Committees and Commissions will review the plan recommendations for approval. Attached to the neighborhood plan will be a Common Council resolution that designates the lead City agencies and departments to implement the plan recommendations. Inclusion of neighborhood improvement projects in the capital or operating budgets, work plans, or other sources of funding from state or federal governments are possible ways to implement plan recommendations.
Step 2. Inclusion of Projects in City of Madison Operating and Capital Budgets.
The Arbor Hills-Leopold Neighborhood Plan and Implementation Strategy will be used to address and implement the prioritized plan recommendations. The neighborhood plan provides direction for proposed improvements and the implementation strategy provides a framework for action for the top plan recommendations: lead implementation organizations and estimated cost, critical steps for city and neighborhood groups, and general timeline for completion. Plan implementation of neighborhood projects and programs is contingent upon available resources. Policy makers are responsible for the allocation of resources for the entire City and thus funding for the plan recommendations will be weighed against other worthy projects citywide. Because of scarce resources, it will be important to understand that city/public funding of proposed improvements is and will be in competition with existing projects, and in many cases, will require special earmarking of funding to undertake projects as well as ongoing maintenance costs. Securing funding from outside sources, leveraging funding with other available funding, or dovetailing proposed new projects with planned projects will help in implementing the desired activities and projects.
Step 3. Allocation of Community Development Block Grant funding to eligible projects.
As part of the planning process, the Arbor Hills-Leopold Neighborhood Plan will receive Community Development Block Grant funding over two years to implement eligible neighborhood improvement projects. The neighborhood area leadership will work with various community-based organizations to carry out the neighborhood's top recommendations.
Step 4. Monitoring of Plan Recommendations by Alderpersons and Neighborhood Associations.
As part of the adoption process, the Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development (Planning Division) will submit status reports to the Common Council on plan recommendation implementation. It will be important for the neighborhood to strategically campaign for plan implementation. It is crucial that neighborhood associations develop a strategy for plan implementation. Governmental officials, City departments, and non-profit organizations must be strategically approached for funding during their annual budget cycles.